A clown will convey the message of the Gospel prayerfully, playfully, carefully and respectfully
Like all the performing arts in ministry, whether it be storytelling, drama, puppets or chalk art … know how to communicate God’s Truth with grace, love and passion all in the power of Holy Spirit is the ministry. To write an visual, interactive, relational, multi-generational sermon after doing all the preparation of studying the biblical texts and commentaries is hard work. A preacher who holds to this principle knows this. And that preacher can coach a clown or clown troupe to do the similar preparation for a clown ministry piece. It has to be that good! Or at least we can learn, fail, learn and grow towards this.
Beware of trite clown skits with simplistic answers to human need and suffering. Don’t go there! Empathy, pathos and SIMPLE answers are possible in clown ministry pieces.
Beware of skits with abstract and simplistic object lessons. Adults get it. Children like the colour and movement and are entertained but aren’t engaged. Do the work of connecting the abstract with the concrete as part of this style of skit. The responses to God and God’s Good News will be worth the work.
Beware clowning for clowning sake. Clowning is only a very small part of a much larger number of parts. A clown might be waring big, excessive boots, but don’t get too big for them.
And later, after you’re out of costume and if they recognise you, say, “Thank you” when someone says , “That was great!”. Learn the gentle art of taking a moment to ask why they thought that was great, what make it great for them. Be interested to ask how God may have been working through that ministry piece in their lives. Sometimes they will be saying they would just love more clown ministry pieces that are prayerfully, playfully, carefully and respectfully presenting the Gospel message instead of having to listen to just words all the time.